Bell and Howell Appoints Leslie F. Stern as President

DURHAM, NC—Sept. 6, 2011—Bell and Howell, the recognized leader in the development of superior mailing equipment and software technologies for innovative mailing, document management and postal solutions, announced the appointment of Leslie F. Stern as president, reporting to CEO George Marton, effective immediately. Stern, former CEO of National Envelope and Central Lewmar, will be based at the company’s headquarters in Durham, NC.

In addition, the company has formed the Office of the Chief Executive Officer, comprised of CEO Marton, President Stern and Chief Operating Officer John Tarascio.

“We are very pleased to have attracted an executive of Les Stern’s caliber to lead our global marketing and sales activities and other key aspects of the company’s organization,” said Marton. “Les’ prior successful tenures as CEO of National Envelope and Central Lewmar afford him great familiarity with the production mailing industry and many of Bell and Howell’s customers.

“When I proposed the formation of the Office of the CEO to the Board, I intended to create a structure allowing me to focus on critical strategic and customer issues. With the Office of the CEO now a reality, we’re now optimizing our management talents, freeing me from the many strictures of day-to-day operations which will be ably handled by John and Les as our senior operating team.”

Stern stated, “I am energized by the enormous potential I see to expand Bell and Howell’s industry-leading solutions and services. Because of its superior products and expert resources, Bell and Howell is well positioned to help its customers increase productivity, reduce costs and adjust to the evolving industry landscape.”

Bell and Howell Chairman Gregory Segall, CEO of controlling shareholder Versa Capital Management, further stated that “After successful completion of its recent restructuring and with the strong leadership team of George Marton, John Tarascio and Les Stern driving the business forward, Bell and Howell can accelerate the traction and implementation of the numerous business development and operational improvement initiatives on which the company is now well-positioned to execute.”

About Bell and Howell
Bell and Howell, LLC is a leading provider of solutions and services for paper-based and digital messaging solutions. The company’s complete portfolio includes products that reduce production and postage costs, increase operational efficiency, message impact and relevancy, and ensure integrity and quality of every item produced. Supporting these solutions is one of the largest dedicated service organizations in the industry. The company is headquartered in Durham, NC, and employs approximately 1,600 people.

Source: Bell and Howell.

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